Jafar Islah (b.1946) has spent his life as true world citizen having lived, studied and worked between Kuwait, India, Indonesia, the US, France, India, Indonesia, Denmark, Italy, Turkey and Egypt. His work effortlessly dialogues between a myriad of cultures—rejecting any specific artistic medium or movement.
Jafar Islah has created an impressive lifetime of artwork that transcends the increasingly narrow limitations that “the art world” imposes when defining contemporary artists by a specific style. It is because of this revolutionary freedom of spirit and not in spite of it that Jafar Islah is able in the time immediately following the Gulf War to represent Kuwait in such a unique and inimitable way—his works celebrated both inside the country and outside of the country, placed throughout the world in a number of public spaces. His ability to transition effortlessly between cultures is reflected in his works, and the joy of travel is inherently present in his visual language.
Exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and will continue until 24th of March, 2012